I have decided to start the year in a different way. Many of us want to begin the year with an intention of being better. We all know how hard this can be.
Because of this, I have decided to provide a 30 Day Apologetics Challenge for those who want to grow as apologists. Each day I will challenge you to do something that will put you in a place where you will experience tangible growth.
Apologetics Missions Statement
The first step that I am going to ask you to do is to come up with an apologetics mission statement. There was a time when churches were completely focused on mission statements, visions, core values and so on. This seems to have died down a bit. I think it may be because much work was done on putting the statements together, printing them on posters and then nothing happened. My experience is that mission statements work only when you keep going back to them and give them permission to shape your behaviour.
My challenge to you is to put together a mission statement for your intentions as an apologist. I will illustrate with my own mission.
My mission is to equip Christians to articulate and defend their faith in a respectful, reasonable and relevant way.
From this statement you can see that my focus is on apologetics as discipleship rather than evangelism. It helps to give me focus so that I am not using up all my energy in a million directions.
When you come up with your statement, make sure that it is achievable. A statement like, “Proving that God exists to every skeptic” may be a little lofty. Come up with something that is possible and yet challenging.
Once you have your statement, don’t just save it as a file on your computer. Print it out and post it on your wall. Put your statement on your website for everyone to see. Most importantly, when a new opportunity or project comes your way, check to see if it fits with your statement. If it doesn’t, don’t do it.
I would love to hear what you come up with. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post with your mission statement.
Recommended Resource: Visioneering by Andy Stanley
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